HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, may lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Although no safe and effective cure currently exists for AIDS, HIV can be controlled with proper medical care. Antiretroviral therapy can also prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV and lower the chance of infecting others. Someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease advances can have a nearly normal life expectancy. This kit enables you to test safely from the privacy of your own home.